Tuesday Tip

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tip#1This week, the third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy premieres in the U.S. Obviously my mind is in Middle Earth and not in the real world. In honor of the very last movie, I’m going to publish a series of blog post dedicated to The Hobbit, starting with this week’s Tuesday Tip: How to celebrate premiere week hobbit style.

Have a Hobbitathon

6-filmsI did this Friday with my son while he was home sick. Watching the first two movies made him feel better and got him pumped for the last one. I recommend watching all of the movies in order from beginning to end. Better yet, watch the first two installments of The Hobbit, followed by or preceded by the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. That’s almost 20 hours of movie viewing mayhem. If you’re a diehard fan, watch  the extended versions instead of the regular movies.

Plan a Long-Expected Party

You can host your own Hobbit-themed party, or you can join me this Thursday on Twitter for my Hobbit party. There will be cake, food, music, and party games all inspired by the movies. Unfortunately we can’t share food via Twitter, which is a shame because this cake is going to look and taste amazing, but we can share our thoughts on the movies, our favorite moments, pictures, and a riddle or two. Party starts around 7:00. I’ll be tweeting up a storm. I hope you’ll join me!

If you want to find a party in your hometown, check out this lineup posted on TheOneRing.net. 

Dance like a Hobbit

Do you know the song the hobbits dance to in The Fellowship of the Ring has a name? It’s called “Flaming Red Hair.” This happens to be one of the songs on my party playlist. I’m going to bust a move–and probably a toe dancing Hobbit style at my party. Don’t be shy. Grab a partner and dance your feet off . . . or maybe just have another ale.

Maybe I'll just have another ale . . .

Maybe I’ll just have another ale . . .

Say Your Last Goodbye

What better way to say goodbye than with the song “The Last Goodbye” by Billy Boyd. What an appropriate song title. This does feel like a final farewell. How many times have you or will you play this song before you hear it in theaters? My sister and I will probably be singing along with the credits like we did last year to Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.” If you haven’t had a chance to hear “The Last Goodbye,” check out this music video.

Learn Elvish

Spanish would certainly be the more practical language. After all, you’re not likely to bump into an elf on a daily basis, but hey, people speak Greek. What’s better than a dead language–a made up one of course! I’m sure there are a lot of guides online, or maybe even a book. There is a book on how to speak Dothraki, so anything’s possible. If you learn only one word, learn friend, which is mellon, but if you master the language, use it to have conversations you don’t want other people to hear.

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Read Tolkien

Not caught up, if you’re a fast reader, you still have time to read the entire book before seeing the movie. Already read the book? Don’t worry, I’m sure there will still be plenty of surprises. After all, we don’t know what will happen to Tauriel.

Eat like a Hobbit

The food doesn’t matter as much as the quantity. Cheese, breads, mushrooms, and meats, are good choices. Don’t forget ale and tea.

It’s not about what you eat, it’s when you eat. Breakfast, second breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch, dinner, elevenses, etc. Hobbits eat about 12 meals a day.

Dress up as your Favorite Character

IMG_12841I already dressed up as my favorite character this year for Kokomo Con. If you want to see more pictures of me dressed up as Thranduil, check out my post here. I won’t be the party king-er-queen this Thursday, however. The zipper of my robe is still broken. On the plus side, my crown is intact. You can bet, I’ll be wearing it with my party glasses.

Dress up at home, or if you’re truly brave, dress up at work or for the theater. If you dress as Thranduil, I recommend that you remove your crown so you don’t block other’s views.

Play Hobbit Games

Hobbits love games, especially riddles. Join me Thursday for Riddles in the dark. I’ll post some riddles on Twitter to see who guesses them first.

Walk Around Bare Foot

Be proud of your feet. Walk around bare foot outside, at the office, the gym . . . or at least at home.

Tolkien trivia

Test the knowledge of everyone around you with Tolkien trivia. This will be a lot of fun for fellow fans . . . and really annoying to those who haven’t seen or didn’t like the movies. Use quotes and references from the movies and books liberally, as often as possible. Drive people insane.

Enjoy Hobbit Parody

The internet and YouTube are great places to spiral into a Hobbit hole. Check out these great videos satyring the films.

Shop at the Hobbit Shop

IMG_14251Since I can’t wear my Thranduil robe, I’ve got two or three shirts on the way. This stuff ships super quick too. I love this shirt. How cool is it that Lee Pace’s face is on my boob. Haha!

Go to a Bar and Drink like a Dwarf and Sing like an Elf

IMG_12761I’m thinking about doing this. Not sure if my sister would be game, but how awesome would it be to drink an ale and start singing “I See Fire” and “The Last Goodbye.” I’ve already been to the bar dressed as Thranduil, so I’m sure this wouldn’t be the oddest thing I’ve done.

Cry

Last but not least, cry all the tears. I know I’m going to. And I know some of you are with me. What will I do on December 17 for the next 50+ years of my life? What movies will I have to look forward to? We don’t even get another Disney princess until 2016. I’ll probably have a Lord of the Rings marathon or maybe I’ll just have to finish the next epic fantasy series.

That’s a pretty long list. Should give you plenty to do while you wait for the release. Let me know how you’ll be celebrating premiere week.

Turning a Sick Day into a Writing Day

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sickToday, I took a sick day. I’m not the one who’s sick, my son is. So I’ll be playing the role of Dr Mom instead of Insurance agent. It’s hardly a day off because I’ll be busy taking care of my kid and catching up on some housework. However, I figure I’ll still have some free time between doses of Tylenol, making chicken soup, checking temperatures, and reading stories. This free time will not be wasted time.

I hate taking off sick, even if that sick person isn’t me. I hate feeling like a slacker. Since I can’t be productive at work, I’m going to be productive at home. I’m really not complaining that I’ll be confined to my house. If anything, I’m happy for the justification to stay home. Once my kid is asleep and the dishes are washed, I’ll have time to do some things I haven’t had time to do.

Read

I never have time to read. As a result, I’ve acrued $10 worth of late fees from the library. I just keep renewing–and forgetting to renew–my books until I rack up enough late fees to buy an entire book. I’d like to catch up on my ebooks, but I should probably try to finish the books from the library first. Also, being the 12th, I believe my books are due today. I can renew them online, so there’s no excuse.

Chores

There really isn’t much to do except for a load of dishes and gathering my laundry for this evening. My bedroom is still a small disaster (still nicer than most people’s kitchens, I’m afraid), but I can’t even begin to improve that until I get some more furniture. This leaves lots of time for the next item on my list.

Write

My goal is to finish the first draft of my WIP today. I’d like to get this finished before next week when I’ll lose an entire night of writing to watch “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Speaking of the Hobbit. If I need a break from writing, we are having a Hobbit party on Thursday. I have a few projects to work on in preparation. I could get a head start on those and maybe even watch the first two movies in the trilogy.

I’m going to make the most of my son’s sick day. Hopefully by the end of today, he’ll feel better and I’ll be finished with my rough draft.

Tuesday Tip

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Ever wonder if people are reading your post? And if they are, do they read the entire thing? Are they just skimming? If you read last Thursday’s post (check that out here), you already know what this Tuesday’s tip is about. For those of you who didn’t read it, or just skimmed it, I’m taking a break from the editing series this week so I can talk about how to make sure your post get read. They’re called readers for a reason. Let’s get them to READ!

Why don’t people read or finish reading blog post?

  1. They don’t have time
  2. They got bored
  3. They thought it was irrelevant
  4. They didn’t see it

1. Make Your Post Quick and Easy to Read

Quick and easy: Microwave meals have been banking on this concept for a long time. Make your post the Uncle Ben’s of blog post. I’m not saying it should take less than a minute to read, I’m just saying you should make it as quick and easy to read as possible. For instance, I timed this post. It took me 4 minutes to read from start to end.

You might be tempted to go through your post and just start cutting words, but believe it or not, it can take longer to read a 500 word article than a 1,500 word article. Here are some ways to decrease reading time regardless of word count.

Headings

I used to write my post without headings, only page breaks. Headings help important information stand out. Without them, there is no structural hierarchy, nothing to cue the reader that this section is important or even what it’s about.

Bulleted and Numbered List

List are another way to make important information stand out. They break down the content into pieces. No one crams an entire king sized Hershey bar into their mouth at once. They break it off one piece at a time. Do this for your readers. This shortens the time it takes to read the post.

Not only do list cut down information and eliminate unnecessary words, they also make information easier to read and remember.

Example 1: Your post should include four things: a title, introduction, body, and conclusion.

Example 2: Your post should include these four things:

  1. title
  2. introduction
  3. body
  4. conclusion

White Space

White space is not a waste of space; it helps readers comprehend what they read. The lack of white space has the same impact as a speaker who doesn’t pause for breath during a long-winded speech. The reader won’t remember what they read, and they won’t have a chance to process it. This was another mistake I made in earlier post. I wrote big, chunky paragraphs. Compare some of my new post with older ones and you’ll see white space between my sections–like a breath of fresh air.

Font Size and Color

When choosing font, consider fonts that are easy to read, not ones that are pretty. Choose a larger font in a color that contrast with your background. Don’t make your readers squint to read fancy pastel font.

Structure

Your blog and each post should be easy to navigate. Give your post structure by dividing your content into sections. This will keep you focused as you write as well as make your post easy to read.

I touched on structure in a prior Tuesday Tip. Check that out here. The structure should look something like this:

  1. title
  2. introduction
  3. heading one
    1. text
  4. heading two
    1. text
  5. heading three
    1. text
  6. conclusion

Declutter 

Even a well-structured post with appropriate headings and readable font can suffer from clutter. What is clutter? Anything that is distracting to the reader or that slows them down.

word count: There isn’t a magic number to increase readability. My rule of thumb is to keep it as short as your average reader’s attention span. Word count depends on the topic of your post. Is it informative? Are you selling a product? On average, keep your post between 200-2,000 words. These post are more likely to be read and shared.

Read your blog post objectively. Is there anything that can be cut: a word, a paragraph? Keeping your sentences concise helps them read the entire post without skimming or stopping.  Likewise, if you get off topic or ramble, your reader will lose focus and move on.

photos: Photos should entice the reader and give them a clear idea of what your post is about. They should also support your text. Remove all unnecessary images. Not only are they distracting, they can also make your page load slower. Remember that your readers will be using different devices, and some computers or devices have slower processing speeds. I’m a little guilty of this. I love GIFS, but I should cut down on using them because they might slow down my site. Some of my readers, my sister for instance, can’t view them in motion, which defeats the purpose. What you get instead is an image that loses its impact because it’s not moving.

2. Keep Your Reader’s Attention 

Sometimes readers quit reading because their just plain bored.

It could be your tone or your topic. Just because you’re writing about something that has been done, doesn’t mean you can’t write about it in a new or exciting way.

Title

This is the first place to gain or lose attention. Make sure you have an eye-catching title. You don’t have long, literally seconds, to gain your reader’s attention.

Your Title should do one of the following

  • ask a question the reader wants answered (they’ll lose sleep if they don’t know)
  • gives a sense of urgency (You need to know this)
  • appeal to them emotionally
  • pose a problem

I have several examples of this. One being last Thursday’s post titled “Are you Going to Read This?” Apparently many of you did, because my blog has never had so many views and comments in one day. So if I had to guess what it was about this post that made people check it out, I’d say it was the title.

My second example is an article my sister shared with me titled, “Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here–Here’s How to Succeed.”

Wow, what a title. It poses a problem, gives a sense of urgency, while suggesting a solution. If you’re curious about this article–and I’m sure you are–check it out here.

Introduction

Now that you’ve enticed your reader, don’t lose them with the introduction. This is where you’ll mention the topic. Make sure this is in your introduction and not buried in the body somewhere.

3. Stay Consistent 

One of my pet peeves, and I’m not the only one complaining about this, is when a blogger isn’t consistent.

Post Regularly and Predictably

Post on the same day if you can. If a certain day doesn’t work for you, at least try to churn out the same number of post each week. Don’t create long gaps between post. For instance, my sister publishes every Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Obviously by the title of this post you know I post a tip every Tuesday. Other than that I am working on choosing another day to post. Think of television. A show airs on the same day, at the same time every week so viewers know when to tune in.

Post Quality Content

Quantity is not as important as quality. Quality is key. Don’t start posting redundant or lazy post after offering top-notch content. If anything, your post should get better over time, not worse.

Keep Content Consistent

If you blog about writing and kids, write about both. If you say you blog about writing, don’t blog about your kids. If you say you blog about parenting, don’t blog about writing.

Facebook is the platform for your vacation pictures, religious views, and family updates, not your blog. If someone is following you for great editing tips, don’t be surprised or offended if you get little response on your post about your ten-year wedding anniversary or your cake recipe.

4. Share it

Sometimes your post get ignored because no one saw it. Use your social media to promote your blog. Tweet your post. If you’re not sure if Twitter or Facebook are helping you, WordPress has a stats section that allows you to see how many people were referred to your site by various sources. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it’s worth a try.

Where to share?

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Giant Billboard

To wrap this up, look through your post and see how you can make them more readable. When your post doesn’t take long to read, readers will take the time to read it.

 

 

Winner Announcement!

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We have a winner!

Before I announce the winner of Thursday’s contest, I want to share some good news with all of you.

My goal was to have 300 followers by February. Not only did I make my goal, I surpassed it two months earlier than anticipated. Additionally, I hit a record of 143 views, 82 likes and 62 comments. Wow!

What is my secret for achieving these amazing stats? No secret. I just have wonderful followers. That’s right, this was all because of your shares and support, which I think is really appropriate considering one of the topics of Thursday’s post was about supporting others. If you missed that post, feel free to check it out here.

17 people entered the contest, which was more than I anticipated. I enjoyed reading all of your responses to the survey. You all gave such wonderful feedback. I’d love to give you all an Amazon gift card, but that would cost $170, which is out of my budget at the moment. Don’t worry, I’m planning on having several more contest in the near future with the release of my sister’s novel, “The Quest for the Holy Something or Rather.” To learn more about her and her awesome novel, follow this link.

So without further delay, I’d like to announce the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card.

Cue the drum role! Or just smack your hands on your desk: That makes a drum-like sound.

The Winner of the survey is Allie Potts, a writer, mother, and fellow geek. She blogs about parenthood, entrepreneurship, inspiration, and writing. Check her out here.

Congratulations, Allie! And once again thank you all for visiting my blog, for sharing, and participating in the contest.

Are You Going to Read This?

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imagesM9T4SFV6Your blog is one in a million-literally, one out of a million blogs. More like one in several billion really. On average, your blog may get anywhere from several dozen to several hundred views a day. You have hundreds if not thousands of followers on WordPress and more on Facebook or Twitter. You’ve spent days perfecting your post, inserting the best images and links. You’ve re-read it until your eyes bled. You drank enough coffee to fill a one-ton truck. You click publish and wait for the top right corner of your screen to light up like the Fourth of July. Two days later, all of your efforts have awarded you 5 likes and ten views.

This is every bloggers’ nightmare come true: The overlooked, unappreciated, and possibly unread post. Why does this happen? Who is to blame?

Sometimes it happens as a result of the following:

  • poor, lazy, or redundant content
  • non relevant topic for your audience (your kids, cat (usually plural), current events, recipes, celebrity gossip, etc)
  • boring titles and images
  • vague titles and images: The title, blurb, and image should show readers what your post is about in a glimpse.
  • weak introduction: Remember readers can only see the first 50 or so words of your post in the reader. Make these count. Don’t forget the hook!
  • you didn’t use any or enough tags
  • you didn’t share it
  • you post infrequently

Let’s say you’ve done the following:

  • you had good content
  • you put the work and time into it
  • you update your blog regularly
  • you shared on social media sites
  • you are active on other blogs

Well, either the stars were not aligned correctly in the universe or the following occurred: people just didn’t read it.

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Let’s switch places. Now you are the reader. Do you read other blogger’s post?

Chances are if you blog, you have followers and those you follow.

Why did you follow them?

  • to gain followers
  • because they followed you
  • to find readers
  • to get advice
  • because you genuinely want to read what they have to say

Kudos to those of you who selected the last one..

How much time should you dedicate to others?

In a world where it’s all about me, me, me, and not we, our focus is on promoting our own stuff while ignoring what others have to say. The result is like cafeteria noise where all of our voices are just part of a loud drone. No one is listening, and no one is heard.

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Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah

We’ve all heard of various versions of the 80/20 rule. This can be the ratio of content dedicated to promoting our own product vs content beneficial to our readers. I think it could also apply to how much time we spend reading, responding, and promoting others.

But that’s a lot of time to dedicate to other people, you doth protest. How will that benefit me? Remember my post about the Rule of Reciprocation? If not, check it out here. To summarize, people feel obligated to help those who help them. If you want people to retweet, promote, review, or reblog your content, start by doing these things for them.

Engaging with others builds relationships. Not only that, but you gain exposure on their platforms when you leave comments or share (which is why it’s so important to watch what you say because others see it too).

So when it comes to the blogs you follow, do you hit like without reading? Skim the post? Do you read the entire thing? Do you comment? Do you share?

How to support others

  • comment to their blog, Facebook, or Twitter post
  • follow their links and check out their author websites
  • download a sample or–better yet–purchase their books
  • write a review
  • share their cover reveals, interviews, specials, promotions, etc

I’m sorry this might seem preachy or ranty, but I wouldn’t ask this of you if I didn’t do these things myself. I work 40 hours a week, write, edit, do chores, raise a child, and help my mom, but I still make the time to support other indie authors when I get the chance. In return, they help me out in various ways like sharing my tweets or answering my questions.

The truth is, I read most of the post from blogs I follow, and do you know what I’m learning? I’m noticing a lot of frustration from indie authors who feel alone or who are not getting help from friends, family, and fellow writers. Does this sound like you or someone you follow?

Let’s see how many of you skim or read to the bottom. . .

If you read this entire post, please respond to this survey in the comments below.

  1. What is one way you can support others?
  2. What is one reason readers don’t read or don’t finish reading post?
  3. What is the title of this post?
  4. What is the topic for next Tuesday’s tip? (hint, read to the bottom)
  5. Name the movie or television show from the images in this post–or both

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This may have been where a few of you stopped reading. Let’s see who really reads to the last line. For those of you who do, I think you should be rewarded. A random commenter will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. Use it to purchase some fabulous ebooks from indie authors or whatever you want. I’ll select the winner this weekend. That gives you all plenty of time to read, share, and comment. Also, stop by and visit my blog this Tuesday when my next tip will be about–you guessed it–how to get readers to read your post. Good luck to those who participate in the contest. Now go out there and read some more post!

Tuesday Tip

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tip#1I’m not the only one offering free writing advice on the blogosphere, and I don’t pretend to be. There are thousands if not millions of people offering advice daily. Once you’ve read one tip, you’ve read them all, right? Wrong. Just because blogger A wrote a post about pronouns doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read blogger B’s post about the same topic. Thousands of people can write about the same thing, but none of them will write it the same. Even though they are all covering the same topic, they all have their own unique point of view.

Choosing the right point of view (POV) is as important to your writing as choosing the right protagonist. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve read other authors’ tips on POV; you understand the difference between first, second, and third person, etc. That’s great, because that’s not what I’m going to talk about. See how everyone’s perspective on a topic is different? Some people focus on the writer’s voice. I’m focusing on the narrative voice: Who is telling the scene.

How many POVs should you have: the debate

You might tell the story from a singular perspective or from many–or too many, George R.R. Martin!

Nah, I’m just kidding. You know I like to pick on George. Sometimes he deserves it.

Going back to online advice, some of the earliest tips lies I learned was that you shouldn’t have multiple POVs. I didn’t see how this was possible. Most of the books I read had multiple perspectives, so I thought there couldn’t possibly be any truth to this.

I determined the question is not can you have multiple perspectives, but how many can you have? The long and short of it is you can have as many as you like as long as they benefit your story. What do I mean by benefit? Well let’s look at the pros and cons of multiple POVs, shall we?

Cons

  • multiple POVs confuse the reader
  • some POVs can distract from the main story
  • the reader can lose connection with the primary character
  • the reader can lose emotional investment

Pros

  • with a new POV, you can write scenes that don’t include the main protagonist
  • you can give information that would not be available to the main protagonist
  • you can intertwine two or more stories and watch them come together
  • you can answer questions that you can’t get from another POV

Example:Twilight 

I’m not a fan of this series, but think of how much trouble the author could have saved if she’d given Edward a POV. Fans were so interested/confused/obsessed as to why he chose an average, mediocre girl that they found a partial draft of the sequel online to find out. Again, I’m not a fan, but I am likewise interested: What was it about her anyway? She had the personality of a Lego brick.

Looking at the list, the pros and cons seem about evenly stacked. So what is a writer to do?

My advice (and you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want my advice), you shouldn’t avoid writing multiple POVs because it’s challenging. Just learn to do it right. Easier said than done. The easy way to do it right? First, learn how others have done it wrong.

Usually multiple POVs fail because the writer was trying to give every character a POV instead of just the major characters. Or the author wanted to make sure all their POVs had an equal amount of scenes.

Easy fix

The main protagonist should always have a majority of the scenes.

Choose POVs that are focused on the main story. If they aren’t, cut them.

How many is too many

qv544423c9Again, you’re looking for an actual number aren’t you. Sorry, there are no black and white writing laws that dictate how many point of views you can have. Most writing laws are unwritten and meant to be broken when necessary anyway. The correct answer varies from book to book. In a nutshell, how many can your story support?

 

Rule of Thumb: You have too many POVs if . . .

One of your POVs is telling a different story. All POVs should be focused on the same story.

More than one story? You have more than one book. You’ll want to eliminate some POVs. It’s as simple as that.

Rule of Thumb to be Broken: I’ve heard it said that you can only have one POV per chapter. Again not a rule. Some chapters split into multiple scenes. You may need to switch to your antagonist or another character before the end of your chapter. Just make sure the transition is clear. I probably wouldn’t head hop mid-scene unless you can pull it off. Every rule is meant to be broken–if done well.

POVs need to be distinct and consistent

Think of your characters’ perspectives like smells. They should have a different scent. After all, no one smells the same, right? Even twins don’t smell alike. I’ll go sniff my sister to prove it.

Getting off topic . . .

Each character should have his or her own, unique tone, mood, beliefs, voice, outlook, and perception. If not, all of your characters will sound the same. This is one of the most common reasons multiple POVs fail.

Choose POVs that are different. I’m going to use my sister’s debut novel, “The Quest for the Holy Something or Other” as an example.

Pig: optimistic, delusional, hopeful, idealistic

Kay: grumpy, stubborn, pessimistic, realistic

You can see how those POVs will contrast. No situation, scene, or event will be weighed, judged, or experienced the same for these two characters.

Just make sure readers will identify with all of your POVs. Even though Kay and Pig are so different, readers can relate, sympathize, and understand both points of view.

Choosing the Correct POV

imagesPOV needs to be considered in every scene. Look at the characters in your scene. List them if you have to. If you’re not sure which one to choose, write it from all of their perspectives and choose the best one. Remember that it’s not just your choice. Never write multiple POVs “just because.” That is a horrible reason. The same goes for reason number 2. I really like this character and I think it would be super fun to write a scene from their POV. Tempting, I know, but consider the purpose. POV will impact the reader’s perspective and attitude toward events. Consider the tone you want to set.

Example: You want your reader to see the beauty after a storm. Would you choose:

Character A. He is grumpy and pessimistic. Always sees the glass half empty. He wouldn’t notice the sun because of the puddles.

Character B. She is always optimistic. Nothing brings her down. She’s observant and sees the best in all situations. She keeps her chin up no matter what.

Hands down: you’d choose character B. She’d probably notice the beauty of a storm–she won’t have any trouble seeing the beauty after one. She always keeps her chin up too. She’ll notice a lot more than grumpy gus.

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Which one is the best one?

The easy answer is not your favorite.

The more complicated answer is: which is the best for the reader.

  • reveals information you need the reader to know
  • conceals information you want to hide from the reader
  • most or least reliable (depending on which you want)
  • the character that has the most at stake in that scene

That’s just my point of view on point of view. Now I’d like your point of view. Please comment below.

My Favorite Things

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literaryliason:

My sister’s blog tour starts today. Check out her favorite things and stay tuned for the next participants.

Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

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Let’s share our favorite things!

December is finally here! And today kick starts my “Favorite Things” blog tour! Whoo-hoo! For the record, I’ve never started a blog tour before. This will be my first, so, hopefully I do it right. (crosses fingers).

The goal of this blog tour is for authors (published and pre-published) to get some practice talking about their novels. Mostly, it’s just for fun and to keep us thinking thankful thoughts! Hope you enjoy!


Today, I’m going to kick start the blog tour by sharing my favorite character, scene, and quote from my upcoming debut novel, an Arthurian parody called, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other.

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Cover of said novel

Blurb: Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become…

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